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The Voluntary Partnership Agreement: the Ghanaian and Malaysian experience

Attah, Alhassan and Ioras, Florin and Abrudan, Ioan Vasile and Ratnasingam, Jegatheswaran (2009) The Voluntary Partnership Agreement: the Ghanaian and Malaysian experience. International Forestry Review, 11 (3). pp. 311-318. ISSN 1465-5489

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This paper looks at how the Voluntary Partnership Agreement is working by using the Ghanaian and Malaysian experiences on this process. The difference in the forest management system in both Ghana and Malaysia, in itself poses some challenges to the implementation of the VPA. Further, the multi-stake holder approach used in Ghana, and the inter-governmental approach used in Malaysia presents different scenarios that may influence the implementation of the VPA. It is important to realize that measures that properly address circumvention and illegal imports from non-partner countries are of crucial importance for Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) to be a success. Therefore, the only way for Ghana and Malaysia to see VPA as a success is to be assisted in every way to build capacity among the law enforcement agencies.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:FLEGT, Ghana, Governance, Malaysia, VPA
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Forestry
DOI Number:10.1505/ifor.11.3.311
ID Code:7041
Deposited By: Norhazura Hamzah
Deposited On:03 Jun 2010 12:50
Last Modified:29 Jul 2010 11:08

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